HHL Foundation

Established as Kramerstiftung in 1887

Promote HHL!

With your support, the HHL Foundation ensures the continuous development of our high-performance university, our projects, and our main research areas. Every contribution counts and contributes directly to the success of our university with its outstanding students, professors and staff.

Prof. Dr. Tobias Dauth
Dean | HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

Become a Donor

We support HHL in expanding and improving its high-performance teaching and investment projects. Join the HHL Foundation and help shape HHL for the long term. Your contribution can be directed to an area or topic you specify, and you can be involved in all developments if you desire.
Help us maintain a long term growth at HHL, providing future business leaders that create sustainable standing in our society. Help us to drive the excellent work at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. A small donation is valuable already. Each month we will present the Donor of the Month on this web page. He or she will be chosen from all donors of the running month. We are looking forward to your support!

Donate directly via PayPal to info@hhl-stiftung.de.

Our Donors of the Month

Dr. Bernhard Lambernd
Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers | HHL alumnus PMSc1 & Doctoral Program

The excellent education at HHL, the focus of research and teaching on relevant topics, and the strong alumni ties make HHL a special university for me. To this day, my studies in Leipzig represent the foundation of my education and enable me to solve complex business issues in a professional context. I am therefore happy to support HHL and hope to contribute to the further successful development of the university.

W. Holger Schmidt
Accountant, addVALUE audit&tax Leipzig GmbH | HHL alumnus K13/K14

Connected to the region in a globalized world. HHL opens up opportunities.

Prof. Dr. Kai Thürbach
Entrepreneur / Professor of Corporate Management and Entrepreneurship at TH Cologne, Germany | HHL alumnus Doctoral Program

HHL is a great entrepreneurial university. The foundation for my entrepreneurial career was laid here. The close contact between alumni, with professors and especially with other HHL entrepreneurs is something very special. HHL is the oldest “business school” in Germany and, with its lived values, provides orientation in a dynamic world. I hope that many generations of students after us will be able to benefit from this.

Dr. Lars Fiedler
Sr. Solution Leader and Partner, McKinsey | HHL alumnus Doctoral Program

I support HHL because I still feel closely connected to HHL and I want to contribute to the long-term stability of our great university.

Martin Irrgang
Sales Lead Industry 4.0, IoT Central Europe, Vodafone Group Services GmbH | HHL alumnus P6

I always like to think back to my time at HHL and I rejoice at every meeting again about the family ties to alumni and current students.

Dr. Michaela Wrede
HHL alumna Doctoral Program

HHL unites inspiring personalities and strong characters – on campus and beyond – which creates a fruitful environment for learning and mutual exchange. While this context energizes me during my daily work, the network that HHL enables me to build opens doors not only today but also in the future. By supporting HHL, I want to express my gratitude for the opportunities I receive.

Madhav Ravi
Manager Business Projects at Tridonic GmbH & Co. KG | HHL alumnus M13

Studying at HHL has been one of the most important milestones in my life. I have learned so much and met some of my closest friends at HHL. My support of my alma mater is to extend my experiences to other people around the world.

Dr. Kerstin Eiselbrecher
Personal Assistant to the Head of Anschluss- und Messservice, SWM Services GmbH | HHL alumna Doctoral Program

For me, HHL stands for an excellent scientific education and supervision of the own research project as well as an outstanding cooperation between professors, staff and students. Therefore I am very proud to be an alumna of HHL. The fact that in times of corona the courses and tests were switched to digital media in a short time and virtual meetings were offered underlines HHL´s extraordinarily high claim and conscientiousness towards excellent education and encouragement of the spirit of research. It is a great matter of concern for me to support HHL in its success and to say thank you for the wonderful and instructive time.

Paul Brzesina
Project manager for a major project at thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH | HHL alumnus P9

Of all the universities I attended, the time I spent in Leipzig at HHL was the best – a great city, great students and excellent teaching! So I really enjoy supporting projects and future students at HHL.

Nikolas Mittag
Manager Inhouse Consulting, ECE Projektmanagement G.m.b.H. & Co. KG | HHL alumnus P12C

HHL has shaped and strengthened me enormously. The result is a connection that goes far beyond studying. The support of my alma mater is therefore natural for me!

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Fehre
Professor of Strategy at Vlerick Business School, Gent, Belgium | HHL alumna K10 and Member of the Board of Trustees of HHL

The support of HHL – my alma mater – is for me a matter of course and a matter of the heart at the same time!

Prof. Dr. Andreas Suchanek
Chairholder, Dr. Werner Jackstädt Chair of Economic and Business Ethics at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

HHL is an East German business school with an international reputation. That deserves support.

Thorsten Becker
Founder of Management Angels GmbH & Board of Directors and Member of the Executive Board of its parent company, MAGNALIA AG in Zug, CH | HHL alumnus K2

I have been active in the market for interim management solutions for over 18 years. HHL has provided me with an almost perfect education in this field. The entrepreneurial spirit, the breadth of the topics, the international orientation with semester abroad and internship abroad were exactly what I can use every day now – and what I would like to make possible for the current students with my donation.

Andre Rothe
Senior Risk Consultant and Risk Insurance Broker, Marsh GmbH, Marsh@McLennan Group | HHL alumnus P8

I support HHL because it is very important to build and maintain a sustainable network around the university. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure an excellent education at a top business school for future student generations and to keep HHL’s quality on a high level.

Christoph Behn
Founder and Managing Director of Kartenmacherei | HHL alumnus K13

I am not only an entrepreneur myself, but also actively promote the entrepreneurial mindset in our team. At HHL, this idea is given special training and I find it exciting to see how enthusiastic the students are about their own projects.

About us

The HHL Foundation’s day-to-day activities are directed by its board, chaired by Prof. Dr. Georg Milbradt and with Prof. Winfried Pinninghoff and Dr. Gerd Robertz as vice-chairs.

The deciding body is a board of trustees consisting of the founder (Chamber of Commerce and Industry Leipzig) and representatives of companies and institutions which make significant contributions to the foundation.

Prof. Dr. Georg Milbradt with Prof. Winfried Pinninghoff (left) and Dr. Gerd Robertz (center)


Only jointly we cope with the challenges of the future! 

This was what a group of Leipzig merchants thought and so they founded their own guild in 1278, the Leipziger Kramerinnung. The guild played a formative role in the development of Leipzig as an economic region and, when it broke up in 1887, the newly established Chamber of Commerce Leipzig used the guild’s wealth to create a new and strong institution, the Kramer Foundation. Right from the outset, the foundation set itself the goal of shaping the future: the interest generated by the founding capital was to be used to promote commercial education and training in the Leipzig region. 
In 1927 and as the world economic crisis began to develop, the original Kramer Foundation was dissolved. After the Second World War, political obstacles prevented a re-activation, and so it was not until 1991 that the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Leipzig re-established the foundation, basing it on the pre-war model.
The result was the “new” Kramer Foundation, a foundation under civil law, based in Leipzig. Just like its predecessor, the foundation originates from the notion that an economy can only be as strong as the next generation of leaders that it produces. That is why the Kramer Foundation’s sole purpose is to promote the stability and the development of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Germany’s oldest business school.
To establish a clear relation between the Kramer Foundation and HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management the traditional Kramer Foundation was renamed in HHL Foundation in 2017. As before, the Foundation’s purpose lies in the sustainable support of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management.

How well we master the challenges of tomorrow heavily depends on the skills of future generations.

Prof. Dr. Georg Milbradt
Chair of the HHL Foundation Board

Ludwig Trippen Medal

The HHL Foundation awards the “Ludwig Trippen Medal” at regular intervals to honor personalities who have rendered outstanding support to the idea of the HHL Foundation.

The medal lent its name from Dr. Dr. h.c. Ludwig Trippen. As the founding rector of the re-established Leipzig Graduate School of Management, he raised substantial financial contributions to build up the university and made the university’s new start possible by establishing a network of supporters from academia and business. In addition, Dr. Dr. h.c. Trippen very generously supported the university and the Kramer Foundation (now HHL Foundation) from his personal assets. With this medal, the HHL Foundation honors this extraordinary commitment. Furthermore, the award of the “Ludwig Trippen Medal” preserves the memory of this great supporter of the university.

Prof. Dr. Herbert Henzler

During the founding phase of the new HHL, Professor Henzler made an outstanding contribution to the successful start of the university through his personal commitment as well as the valuable support of McKinsey & Company.

With this medal, the HHL Foundation honors his contribution to the establishment of one of Europe’s leading management universities here in Leipzig.

Rolf Schrömgens

HHL alumnus Rolf Schrömgens has shown outstanding commitment to HHL through his personal involvement as well as his valuable support especially as a sponsor of the “Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer” endowed professorship.

With the medal, the HHL Foundation honors his contribution to the endowment system and to shaping the university’s reputation as a top incubator for business models in Europe.

Support us!

Your support to the HHL Foundation helps in many ways:

  • It contributes to making our society more successful.
  • It helps the next generation of managers learn to take on responsibility.
  • It ensures that your personal success story has a lasting impact.

Participate in the HHL Foundation and help shape HHL for the long term. Your contribution can be directed to an area or topic you specify, and you can be involved in all developments if you desire.

  • support teaching and research directly by financing a chair at HHL
  • (co)finance research projects
  • fund HHL development projects
  • provide scholarships for HHL students

We would be delighted to discuss further details with you in a personal meeting.

PayPal and Bank details

We very much appreciate endowments to the HHL Foundation (in German: HHL-Stiftung) of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management.

Donate now easy and secure online via PayPal: info@hhl-stiftung.de

Or use one of the following two bank accounts:

Account name: HHL-Stiftung
Bank: Deutsche Bank AG
IBAN: DE90 8607 0000 0171 9913 00
Purpose of payment: Endowment

Account name: HHL-Stiftung
Bank: Sparkasse Leipzig
IBAN DE63 8605 5592 1100 1114 80
Purpose of payment: Endowment

For your information: To send you a confirmation of your endowment we need your complete name and postal address. Please send the information to info@hhl-stiftung.de. Thank you.

    We are grateful to the HHL Foundation donors:

    Companies and organizations

    • Alte Leipziger Lebensversicherung aG, Oberursel
    • b&m management, Zurich, Switzerland
    • Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank AG, Munich
    • Beatrice Deutschland GmbH, Paderborn
    • BGH Edelstahlwerke GmbH, Freital
    • BMW AG, Werk Leipzig
    • Bueromoebel Mueller Sachsen GmbH, Leipzig
    • Cargill GmbH, Krefeld
    • Chamber of Commerce and Industry Leipzig
    • CosiFan Computersysteme GmbH, Leipzig
    • Deloitte & Touche GmbH, Leipzig
    • Deutsche Bahn AG, Berlin
    • Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt/Main
    • Deutsche Bundesbank Hauptverwaltung Leipzig
    • Deutsche Industriebank AG, Leipzig
    • Dow Olefinverbund GmbH, Schkopau
    • Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart
    • E. Breuninger GmbH & Co., Leipzig
    • Ernst & Young AG, Berlin
    • Festo AG & Co. KG, Esslingen-Berkheim
    • Festo Corporation, Hauppage (New York), USA
    • Goldman, Sachs & Co. oHG, Frankfurt/Main
    • Henkel KGaA, Duesseldorf
    • HL komm Telekommunikations GmbH, Leipzig
    • IMMO100 Gesellschaft mbH, Leipzig
    • Kinowelt GmbH, Leipzig
    • KODA Stanz- und Biegetechnik GmbH, Dortmund
    • Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig GmbH Kreiskrankenhaus Greiz GmbH, Greiz/Thuringia
    • Martens & Prahl Versicherungskontor GmbH, Leipzig
    • Merkur Bank KGaA
    • Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Frankfurt/Main
    • Randstad Deutschland, Eschborn
    • Robert Bosch GmbH, Gerlingen-Schillerhoehe
    • Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Munich
    • Sachsen Bank (former Sachsen LB), Leipzig
    • Siemens AG, Leipzig
    • Stadt- und Kreissparkasse Leipzig
    • Stadtwerke Leipzig GmbH
    • Telefonanlagenbau Spanka GmbH, Schkeuditz
    • TOM TAILOR Holding AG, Hamburg
    • UNIPLAN International GmbH & Co KG, Kerpen
    • Veolia Wasser GmbH, Leipzig
    • VNG Verbundnetz Gas Aktiengesellschaft, Leipzig
    • Wachsonian GmbH, Leipzig
    • Weber Rohrleitungsbau GmbH & Co. KG
    • WIPConceptWinfriedPinninghoff, Leipzig
    • Wohnungsgenossenschaft Transport eG

    We are grateful to BDO AG Wirtschaftspruefungsgesellschaft, Leipzig,
    for its pro bono support.


      • Adrian Kreller, Berlin
      • Alexander Perske, Barsbüttel
      • Alexander Sonntag
      • Alexander von Reden,  Leipzig
      • André Rothe, Stuttgart
      • Andreas, Björn, Martin (K13)
      • Andreas Frisch, Frankfurt/Main
      • Anja Ritchie, Frankfurt
      • Christian Pfingsten, Duesseldorf
      • Christoph Stancke, Hamburg
      • Ciarán O’Leary, Munich
      • Clemens Graf zu Castell-Castell, Castell
      • Daniel Kirchhof, Leipzig
      • Daniel Theuerkauf, London
      • Dr. Alfred Oetker, Bielefeld
      • Dr. Burkhart Eymer, Luebeck
      • Dr. Christian Carl Kauffmann, Hamburg
      • Dr. Christian Elsner, Leipzig
      • Dr. Christiane Springer, Leipzig
      • Dr. Elmar Günther, Darmstadt
      • Dr. Emilio Matthaei, Oxford
      • Dr. Gerd und Nicola Robertz
      • Dr. Johannes Graßmann, Dachau
      • Dr. Kerstin Faaß & Tobias Fehre, Frankfurt/Main
      • Dr. Matthias Afting, Krailling
      • Dr. Michael Rau, Frankfurt/Main
      • Dr. Niklas Darijtschuk, Verl
      • Dr. Philipp Päuser, Berlin
      • Dr. Vivek Velamuri, MBA class of 2006, Leipzig
      • Dr. Wolfgang Gänswein, Düsseldorf
      • Familie Detlev von Plato, Heiligenthal/Lueneburg
      • Felix Ludwig (K3)
      • Florian Kielhorn, Hamburg
      • Frank Wilhelmi, Heidelberg
      • Franz Koch, Berlin
      • Friedrich von Ploetz, Berlin
      • Heiko Mittelhamm
      • Henrike Simon
      • Hubertus Scherer jun., Hannover
      • in memoriam Florian Zinsmeister, Straubing
      • Ivy League Organizing Team 2006 / K20
      • Ivy League Organizing Team 2007 / K21 & M.Sc.1
      • Janes Grotelüschen, München
      • Jürgen Eschment
      • K13 of HHL
      • K19 of HHL
      • Kai Schultz, Erlangen
      • Katharina Rosenbohm, Frankfurt/Main
      • Lars Wulfken, Hamburg
      • Lutz Kregel, Frankfurt am Main
      • Marco Minnerup, Oberursel
      • Marco Ziemski, Gütersloh
      • Markus Schmitt, Bad Soden
      • Markus Weber
      • Michael Odenthal, München
      • Michael Petersen, Leipzig
      • Michael Veit, Munich
      • Nadim Iraki, Berlin
      • Nico Mateew, Leipzig
      • Oliver Beckel, Leipzig
      • P2 of HHL
      • Peter Albert, Dresden
      • Peter Dorsch, Leipzig
      • Philipp Joas, München
      • René Brembach, Berlin
      • Roland Drapatz, Hamburg
      • Roland Hauke, Hannover
      • Sebastian Just, Munich
      • Tatiana & Sebastian Steusloff, Frankfurt/Main
      • The Terboven Family, Rheinberg
      • The Uhlig Family, Oberursel
      • Thomas Butzlaff, Berlin
      • Thorsten Becker, Hamburg

        Other private supporters

        • Anja Nietzschmann, Taucha
        • Bernhard Walter, Frankfurt/Main
        • Bettina Kudla, Leipzig
        • Christian Freiherr von Humboldt-Dachroeden
        • Dr. Alois & Antonella Waldburg-Zeil, Leipzig
        • Dr. Andreas Schmidt, Berlin
        • Dr. Arend Oetker, Berlin
        • Dr. Hans-Dietrich Winkhaus, Duesseldorf
        • Dr. Hans-Paul Bürkner, Frankfurt/Main
        • Dr. Johannes Habbig, Bergisch Gladbach
        • Dr. Judith Marquardt, Halle (Saale)
        • Dr. jur. Dr. h. c. Ludwig Trippen, Muenster
        • Dr. Nikolaus Petersen, Leipzig
        • Dr. Norbert Emmerich, Muenster
        • Dr. Siegfried Luther, Guetersloh
        • Hajo Graf Vitzthum, Lüneburg
        • Hans-Peter Wehner, Cologne
        • Harald & Nicola Lehmkuehler, Warendorf
        • Irena Tomys, Mirkow
        • Karl Kolle, Dortmund
        • Ludwig-Ferdinand Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Bad Laasphe
        • Meike Wachs, Leipzig
        • Peter Krakow, Leipzig
        • Petra Spanka, Leipzig
        • Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart
        • Prof. Dr. Andreas Suchanek, Berlin
        • Prof. Dr. Bernhard & Gisela Schwetzler, Leipzig
        • Prof. Dr. Christian Milow, Kronberg
        • Prof. Dr. Dieter J. Pommerening, Hamburg
        • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Hans Wiesmeth, Leipzig
        • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Karl-Heinz Forster, Frankfurt/Main
        • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Heribert Meffert, Muenster
        • Prof. Dr. Dr. Helmut Sihler, Poertschach am Woerthersee, Austria
        • Prof. Dr. Gert Assmus, Hanover (New Hampshire), USA
        • Prof. Dr. Hans Göschel, Leipzig
        • Prof. Dr. Kathrin Moeslein, Leipzig
        • Prof. Winfried & Ute Pinninghoff, Luedinghausen
        • Silvia & Harald Hungenberg, Lich
        • Stephan Schroeter, Leipzig
        • The Dr. Enders Family, Bornheim

          Do you wish a personal consultation? I am here for you:

          Kerstin Fliege
          Assistant HHL Foundation